News Brief (E311, 17 April, 2009)
Cat Tien National Park:
Species threatened by animal traps
Thousands of the illegal animal traps which are set by local residents each month are threatening endangered animals in Cat Tien National Park. Last year forest rangers found more than 20 000 traps in the park.
Home to largest gaur herd in Vietnam
On April 10th, 2009 the management team from Cat Tien National Park announced that there are 19-22 herds of gaur (Bos gaurus), a total of 110-120 individuals, living in the southern area of the park. These statistics are the result of a three-year project (2006-2009) to conserve the gaurs in the park.
Ninh Thuan: Twelve species of bats found in Nui Chua National Park
Twelve species of bats have been found in a survey by scientists researching wildlife in the semi-dry forest in Nui Chua National Park. The 12 species include the lesser short-nosed fruit bat (Cynopterus brachyotis) which is listed in IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Thanh Hoa: Environmental police trained to combat wildlife crime
Environmental police from 28 provinces of the central and the southern regions have been participating in a three-day training course in Thanh Hoa with the aim of strengthening their ability to combat wildlife crime. The course which is part of the project “Changing behaviour, reducing consumption of wildlife products in Ha Noi” was held by TRAFFIC (the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network).
Vietnam moves to protect biodiversity
Vietnam’s new Law on Biodiversity will come into effect in less than three months (1 July 2009). With eight chapters including 78 articles, the law is said to be sufficient to support biodiversity.
Ho Chi Minh:
Go Green Club launched in the city
Toyota Motor Vietnam (TMV) has opened a southern Go Green Club in Ho Chi Minh city to raise young people’s awareness about environmental protection. The Go Green Club is a good opportunity for volunteers and younger generations to take action for a greener and cleaner Vietnam.
Fifty tons of leaded batteries found being kept illegally
On April 13th, 2009 the Ho Chi Minh Environmental Police Department discovered two waste business establishments in District 12 keeping 50 tons of toxic leaded batteries without legal permits. The case is being investigated for further information.
Ninh Binh: Restaurant caught illegally keeping wildlife wine
The Ninh Binh Provincial Forest Protection Department working with the local police have confiscated ten king cobra wine jars and ten monitor lizard wine jars from a restaurant in Nho Quan town, Nho Quan district. The information about the wildlife crime was reported to the authorities by ENV field officers. They are currently working closely together to settle the case and issue the appropriate punishment for the owner to the restaurant.
Nguyen Thi My Dung
Education for Nature - Vietnam
No. 5 Ngo 192 Thai Thinh
PO Box 222
Dong Da district
Phone/fax: +84 4 3514-8850
www.savingvietnamswildlife.org (English wildlife trade website)